Figueroa, Stephanie

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops from the protective lining that covers many of the body’s internal organs. It is usually a result of being exposed to asbestos. This cancer affects the lungs, heart, abdomen and reproductive female organs. It is difficult to imagine being diagnosed with mesothelioma, or any cancer for that matter. To learn about Rhio O’Connor is truly inspiring and makes one truly appreciate life and its blessings. It is important to keep in mind that there are always many options when one is faced with obstacles and is unfortunately a victim of a non-discriminatory diagnosis or sickness.

Rhio O’Connor was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and he was given year to live. Through intensively researching his cancer and working together with his doctor’s, researchers and other patients he outlived his prognosis by 6 years. It is touching to see that with perseverance and dedication he was able to make such an impact on this study. Rhio’s optimism and faith in overpowering this incurable disease, is motivation for people who lose hope to keep going. To learn more about Rhio O’Connor other survivors and this cancer, you can follow the following link: www.survivingmesothelioma.com.

Rhio O’ Connor’s story inspires me to work hard and help others. When I learned about his strong spirit and optimism I learned how to appreciate life. I am a volunteer with the Red Cross and every Saturday I volunteer with special needs children in the morning and elderly people in the evening. There are so many people in this world that are unfortunately battling different diseases and illnesses and many times, through no fault of their own. Rhio’s story inspires me to always help others and always give back because any one can be a victim of cancer and you should give back now, while you are healthy and young.

If I faced the same challenges as Rhio, I would build a support group of others like me and battle the cancer together. I would also follow Rhio’s example and continue to adv ance the study of mesothelioma and invest in the advancement of finding a cure for this cancer. I would try my hardest to work hard and be strong. When ever bad things come up the best thing to do is to maintain a positive attitude. Overcoming obstacles is much easier when one can be optimistic and have faith that good things happen.

It is difficult to imagine being diagnosed with a dire cancer prognosis. If I were told that I have a certain amount of time to live I would try to make a difference in every one’s life. The most important the thing to do would be to help others understand that life is not guaranteed to any one. I will try to teach people how to lead positive lives and how to work together withothers. It is sad, but very important for people to educate themselves and others about the difficulties that they may face some day.

I would take many steps if I was diagnosed with cancer. The first being to help my friends understand that it is a sad situation hat can happen to any one. I would help my family be secure, especially if I have children or dependants. Another step I will take is to prepare my family for the inevitable, if it is probable that I may die. I will also try to fight hard and try anything and everything to survive. My cousin survived cancer and is an inspiration for me. His situation gives me hope to believe that faith and discipline saves lives, taken together. The most important step to take, would be to help my friends and family prepare for such a hard decision. I would spend time with them and help them get closure.

There are many ways that a person can research a disease and treatment options. To make an educated decision, I will look for resources and places near my home that offer treatment for a cancer. First, I will look for treatment facilities online. The second thing to do is to visit them and have different opinions from different doctors and research facilities. Third, I will research the illness online and in medical encyclopedias. I will ask different questions and try to seek out survivors of that cancer. Taking all of these things into account will help me research and make an informed decision when choosing treatment.

In such an extreme situation looking beyond chemo, radiation and surgery is an important thing to do. As I mentioned, my cousin survived cancer. Throughout his treatment my mother took care of him. She sought organic foods and researched foods that help people survive that particular. The most important thing that I will look into is my diet. I know it will be important to eat healthy and avoid certain foods to sustain a healthier immune system. The most important thing will be to eat well and have faith in God.

The most important thing to do is to look into different websites about the particular cancer. I will ask my friends how they feel and what they know about cancer. I will ask doctors to give me their honest opinion and I will ask questions about everything that I don’t understand. I will make the effort to research at medical libraries and sit down with doctors that are familiar with the cancer. The most important thing to do is to remain optimistic despite any unfavorable feedback I may get.

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